Please note that these are types of therapies out there for children with autism. Not all therapies are the same, and some may no longer be practical as times have changed.
Please consult with your Doctor first before considering these types of therapies. These are just a few of the therapies out there, explore options that best meet your child's needs. We have explored several over the years with different outcomes.
Anti yeast therapy
There are some evidence that candida albicansmay cause or exacerbate behavior and health problems in autistic individuals. The only physical symptoms are vaginal yeast infections and thrush (white patches in mouth). An overgrowth of candida albicans causes toxins to be released into the body, which are known to impair the central nervous system and the immune system. Some of the behaviors related to this are, confusion, hyperactivity, short attention span, lethargy, irritability, and aggression. Reported health problems can include headaches, intestinal problems, (constipation, diarrhea, flatulence), distended stomach, and excessive genital touching in infants and young children, cravings for carbohydrates, fruits and sweets. Unpleasant odor of hair and feet, acetone smells from mouth, and skin rashes.
Candida overgrowth is often attributed to long-term antibiotic treatments. It has been reported that some children whose autistic tendencies surfaced at 18- 24 months had been continuously treated with antibiotics to control chronic ear infections. The treatment doesn't cure autism, but is helpful for some autistic children.
Allergy induced Autism and Casein/Gluten
In allergy induced Autism, the symptoms usually become apparent during the first three years of life. Some children have autism that appears to have been triggered by intolerance to many foods and/or chemicals, the main offenders being wheat, cow's milk, corn, sugar and citrus fruits, although different substances may effect each child. The children also have many almost unnoticeable physical problems, namely excessive thirst, excessive sweating, especially at night, low blood sugar, diarrhea, bloating, rhinitis, inability to control temperature, red face and/or ears and dark circles under the eyes. It has been reported that a high percentage of autistic children had a "mutant" protein in their urine that was created by eating gluten (found in wheat, oats, barley and rye grains) and/or casein (milk protein) containing food. The mutant protein was the gluten and casein protein bound to a morphine like substance. It's believed that this was what was causing the kids to become spacey and addicted to these foods. It won't cure autism, but may help with some secondary problems.
Auditory training can be considered a form of sensory integration in which stimulation may sensitize or desensitize one or more senses. Theoretically speaking, if one or more senses are impaired in an individual, he or she may develop a distorted perception of the environment. There has been much research in the past 15 years to indicate that many autistic individuals have sensory dysfunction in one or more areas.
There are two main types of auditory training methods, the Berard approach, lasting 10 to 12 days, and the Tomatis approach, lasting 6 to 12 months. The Berard training is accomplished by a device, which randomly selects high and low frequencies from a music source and then sends those sounds via headphones to the trainee. Filtering peaks are optional for the developmentally disabled population. The music is, in all cases, modulated throughout the 10 hours of listening, whether or not peaks are filtered.
We do not know what percentage of autistic children may be helped by auditory training, if any at all, nor how much they may be helped. The treatment is safe, but expensive.
Includes singing, movement to music, and playing instruments. Supposed to be a good medium for kids with developmental disabilities because it requires no verbal interaction, music is by nature structured, facilitates play, can aid in socialization and influence behavior.
Doman/ Delacato Method (Psychomotor patterning)
Carl Delacatto wrote a book called "The Ultimate Stranger". He had a few interesting points about "sensoryisms", a terrifying sensations or distortions to senses. The distortions can be hypersensitivity (too much stimulus entering the nervous system), hyposensitivity (too little stimulus entering the nervous system) or white noise (internal static that disrupts input from external stimuli). However, this treatment is based on the largely discredited hypothesis that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.
Delacto Method is brain stimulation activities for brain-injured children developed by Glenn Doman and Carl Delacatto. It involves cross patterning, patterning and sensory exercises developed to enhance memory and processing.
The delacato team evaluates a child, and tailors a program to suit his/her needs. Programs are working on senses in order to normalize them and are devised for parents to carry out at home. They include massage for tactility, auditory and visual work, and tasks for smell and taste, mobility and development. All tasks are fitted into 2 to 5 minute slots so that the child does not become bored, and are repeated as necessary.
These are Doctors whom manipulate the bones of the cranium. This is not recommend treatment!
Holding therapy gained widespread attention when Dr Martha Welch, a child psychiatrist from New York, began using it as a means of working with children with autism. Her work is written in the book, Holding Time. During holding therapy the parent attempts to make contact with the child in various ways.
This may mean simply comforting a distressed child, but often the parent may hold the child for periods of time, even if the child is fighting against the embrace. The child sits or lies face to face with the parent, who tries to establish eye contact, as well as to share feelings verbally throughout the holding session. The parent remains calm and in control and offers comfort when the child stops resisting.
Many people feel this is a variant of SIT (sensory integration therapy), which helps the child adjust to and overcome sensory overload, and are holding therapy's advocates. Some high functioning autistic people have protested that this treatment is too traumatic. However, there are potential issues and significant drawbacks with this type of therapy.
Sensory Integration Therapy
A person is trained to deal with sensory sensitivities. The goal is to reduce that anxiety through repeated exposure.
The Squeeze Machine
Developed by Temple Grandin. Supposed to reduce hyperactivity and tactile defensiveness. Gives the autistic control over the amount of pressure exerted.
Lovaas therapy refers to the treatment model developed by Ivar Lovaas, Ph.D., at the UCLA Clinic for the Behavioral Treatment of Children, and is mostly behavior modification program. Dr. Lovaas has worked with autistic children for over 30 years, and studies show it helped some kids, but requires one-on-one with a trainer for 40 hours a week.
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was developed as augmentative/ alternative training package that allows nonverbal children and adults with autism and other communication deficits to initiate communication. It was created with educators, residential care providers and families in mind, and so it is readily used in a variety of settings. Verba prompts are not used, thus building immediate initiation and avoiding prompt dependency. The system goes on to teach discrimination of symbols and then puts them all together in simple "sentences." Children are also taught to comment and answer direct questions.
Lori Frost, MS, CCC/SLP and Dr. Andrew Bondy write the PECS Training Manual. The manual provides all of the necessary information to implement PECS effectively. It guides readers through the six phases of training and provides examples, helpful hints, and templates for data and progress reporting.
It is recognized that autistic children have difficulties with language, but it is clear that traditional approaches emphasizing mastery of the formal properties of language are largely inappropriate: training children to speak is not going to bring about a transformation of their behavior. The autistic child needs to learn not so much how to speak as how to use language socially to communicate.
That includes knowing how to hold a conversation, thinking about what the other person in a conversation understands and believes, and tuning in to the meta-linguistic signals of the other person, such as facial expression, tone of voice and body language.
It is important to remember that communication is as much nonverbal as it is verbal, and autistic people have great difficulty understanding nonverbal language.
A speech pathologist that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of language problems and speech disorders can help a person learn how to more effectively communicate. Speech therapists working with a nonverbal autistic individuals, may consider alternatives to the spoken word such as signing, typing, or a picture board with words.
Commonly focuses on improving fine motor skills, or sensory motor skills that include balance (vestibular system), awareness of body position (proprioceptive system), and touch (tactile system).
After the therapist identifies a specific problem, therapy may include sensory integration activities such as: massage, firm touch, swinging, and bouncing.
Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or (ABA)
One of several possible treatments for people with ASD is applied behavior analysis or (ABA). ABA has become widely accepted among many health care professionals over the years and is used in many schools as well as clinics today. The goal of ABA is to seek and encourage positive behaviors while discouraging negative behaviors. Overtime the progress is tracked and measured. This is one form of treatment our child has gone through in the past with success and was offered through the school district during one of many IEP meetings.
Few examples might include:
-Discrete Trial Training or (DTT)
A style of training using a series of trials to teach a desired behavior or response. Positive
reinforcement is used to reward correct answers and behaviors.
-Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention or (EIBI)
This is typically for very young children with ASD, usually younger than five, and more often
younger than three years old.
-Pivotal Response Training or (PRT)
Seeks to increase a child’s motivation to learn, monitor behavior, and initiate communication.
Dimethylglycine (DMG), is a food substance and is most often used Vitamin/Mineral Therapy. DMG is found, in small amounts, in brown rice and liver. Its chemical make-up resembles that of water-soluble vitamins, specifically vitamin B15. DMG does not require a prescription, and it can be purchased at many health food stores. There are no apparent side effects.
Use 1/2 of a 125 mg tablet at breakfast for a few days. May be necessary to go up to one to four tablets a day if the results are positive.
Reports from parents giving their child DMG indicate improvements in the areas of speech, eye contact, social behavior, and attention span.
Two weeks after starting on the DMG, B6 and magnesium can be added. Studies have shown that vitamin B6 may help control hyperactivity, and improve overall behavior. Although improvements vary considerably among individuals, other possible improvements are: speech improvements, improved sleeping patterns, lessened irritability, increased attention span, decrease in self stimulation, and overall improvement in general health.
We do not know what percentage of autistic children may be helped by Vitamin/Mineral Therapy , if any at all, nor how much they may be helped. Consult with your doctor.
Toxin overload affects most individuals these days. Toxins in general and heavy metals particularly influence individuals with autism in particular. The build-up of toxins in the brain results in nerve damage. The build-up of toxins in the intestines causes destruction of the intestinal wall. Toxins adversely affect every cell in your body. The toxins must be removed from your cells and your body to fully restore health and reverse symptoms of autism in a process called natural detoxification.
Detoxification can be compared to cleaning your dirty and clogged kitchen sink. You must first unclog the drain. Then you must use soap and water and plenty of elbow grease to scrub your sink. And finally, you must rinse the sink and drain and pipes with plenty of water. Cleaning the sink before you unclog the drain is a waste of time and money!
So, the order of detoxification is crucial you need to work from the outside areas to the inside areas and drink plenty of water.
Therefore, you need to start your program with kidney detoxification and intestinal detoxification. When these channels are eliminating effectively, you can start liver detoxification. If the liver is congested and toxic, then the liver cannot remove toxins from the rest of the body.
The next step is blood detoxification and skin detoxification. The use of clay detoxification helps to draw toxins out of the body and is especially easy and simple for children.
You are now ready to eliminate toxins from your cells. A general herbal detoxification is gentle, but effective. Heavy metal detoxification will eliminate detrimental heavy metals, such as mercury, aluminum, lead, arsenic and cadmium. Never start a cellular cleanse until your elimination channels from the kidney and bowel are working well. Otherwise, you will just be circulating debris all over your body.
Aloe vera juice for detoxification and fruit detoxification are extremely effective ways to remove toxins from you body, and to obtain additional health benefits. Homeopathic detoxification is another easy and simple alternative. Occasionally, someone may get a detoxification reaction. These side effects of detoxification are just symptoms of your body eliminating toxins too quickly. A detoxification reaction is actually a good sign because it means that the autism treatments are working! Just go a bit slower with your natural detoxification.
Dangerous heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, and arsenic can also be removed from the body with chelation treatment. The Greek word for ‘claw’ is used to derive chelation (key-la-shun). Chelation side effects are minimal, but you will need a good mineral supplement to replace lost minerals.
Chelation supporters say it could possibly cure autism, however, there's no true evidence of a link between mercury exposure and autism. This therapy can have serious side effects, and is not recommended.
Healing the leaky guy and the irritable bowel
Toxins, yeast, viruses, gluten, casein, and food allergens contribute to leaky gut syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome. Therefore, toxins must be removed, yeast must be controlled, viruses must be killed, and gluten, casein and food allergens must be eliminated.
The latter is achieved with a gluten-free diet and casein-free diet, and food allergy diet. A food journal can be especially beneficial for you to track food intake.
Then, aloe vera can be used since it is extremely soothing for the gastrointestinal tract and can help repair the gut wall.
In addition, digestive enzymes are essential for assuring that food is properly broken down. Otherwise, large pieces arrive in the intestines to feed the yeast, and small pieces are absorbed into the blood stream causing autoimmune diseases.
Free radicals are produced in your body as a result of normal living. However, a surplus of free radicals also accumulates in your body due to environmental pollution, toxins, viruses, yeast, inflammation and stress. Free radicals cause significant damage to vulnerable areas of your body. But, antioxidants combat and neutralize these free radicals. You need more antioxidants when you have a chronic illness such as autism.
I recommend a powerful antioxidant supplement with a variety of fruits specially formulated with an exceptionally high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) number for spectacular results!
Inflammation can result from toxins, heavy metals, viral infections, yeast overgrowth, and free radicals. Brain inflammation irritates nerves and interferes with nerve transmission, and has been implicated in autism. Supplementation with Omega 3 fish oil is great for reducing inflammation, and is wonderful for treating depression, also.
Vitamin B6 and Magnesium Supplementation
At least 18 studies have been performed which show that about half of individuals with autism improve with vitamin B6 and magnesium supplementation. These results are phenomenal!
Improvements occurred in behavior, stemming, tantrums, eye contact, learning, attention, language, speech, and brain wave activity.
Magnesium must be taken simultaneously with vitamin B6 since vitamin B6 requires magnesium. Otherwise, a magnesium deficiency will result.
Glutathione is a small protein containing the cysteine amino acid with its sulfur group. You use glutathione in every cell in your body as a master antioxidant, an immune booster, and a natural detoxifier. Since glutathione and cysteine have been shown to be significantly low in autistic children, glutathione therapy is an essential part of autism treatment.
Glutathione cannot be delivered to your cells orally and must be made in your cells directly. However, you can increase glutathione with active bonded cysteine powder, an MSM supplement, a garlic supplement, or an n-acetylcysteine supplement.
Since the glutathione detoxification pathways use vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 , supplementation with these B vitamins can also be beneficial. Magnesium is a cofactor for vitamin B6 and is also recommended.
Glyconutrients are good essential simple sugars. However, we routinely only get 2 of the 8 sugars from our modern diet primarily due to nutrient depletion from the soil. We all most likely have glyconutrient deficiencies.
Glyconutrients are required for proper cellular communication in every cell throughout your entire body. Individuals with autism can benefit by improved cellular communication.
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